Unlike most misdemeanors, a felony is considered a crime of high seriousness. If convicted of a felony, that individual is now referred to as a felon. The federal government defines a felony as a crime that if convicted, is punishable by imprisonment of one year or a sentence to death. A misdemeanor is only punishable by a jail sentence of one year or less.
What Are some Examples of Felonies?
Felonies can be described as either a nonviolent, or a violent offense. Any element of force or threat involved in the commission of the crime usually results in the felony being classified as a violent offense. Physical violence is not necessary for this classification, all that is needed is a strong likelihood psychological trauma was inflicted on the victim. The 10-20-Life statute may take effect in certain felony charges if a firearm was used in the commission of the crime.
There are many cases in which a felony charge may be given, including:
- Murder: -Cases of homicide may result in penalties ranging from two or more years in prison to death
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Animal Cruelty
- Tax Evasion
- Simple possession for certain types of illicit drugs
- Grand Theft
- Threatening an official: -Such as a politician or anyone working in law enforcement
- Child Pornography
- Violations of probation, parole, or bond
- Vehicular Homicide
Have you been charged with a felony?
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Felonies are serious offenses often to be punished with lengthy prison terms . In addition to incarceration, convictions for felonies may result in loss of civil rights and potential job exclusion. Kenneth Padowitz, P.A. represents clients throughout Broward County and all of South Florida, including: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Plantation, Davie, Hallandale Beach, Sunrise, Hollywood, Weston, Parkland, Cooper City, and Coral Springs. If you have been charged or believe you may be charged with a felony in the future, contact our law firm to discuss this important matter.